Royce Koop is Professor of Political Studies, Academic Director of the Centre for Social Science Research and Policy and Coordinator of the Canadian Studies program at the University of Manitoba. He researches themes related to representation and political parties, in both Canadian and comparative contexts. His research has appeared in, among other journals, American Journal of Political Science; Canadian Journal of Political Science; Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties; and, Representation. He is the author of "Grassroots Liberals: Organizing for Local and National Politics", co-author (with Heather Bastedo and Kelly Blidook) of "Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies" and co-editor (with Amanda Bittner) of "Parties, Elections and the Future of Canadian Politics", all published by University of British Columbia Press. Dr. Koop is a regular media commentator on Canadian and Manitoba politics and writes a bi-weekly analysis column for the Winnipeg Free Press.